WSBK Qatar: Baz: I am only nice to those who are nice to me

Loris Baz holds no punches in his decision not to abide by team orders and help his Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes in his WSBK title bid.
Loris Baz says he felt no obligation to help Tom Sykes' World Superbike Championship bid in Qatar after controversially defying a team order to yield his second place in race one.

The Frenchman circulated in front of Sykes for much of the race, but after losing the lead to his team-mate's title rival Sylvain Guintoli in the closing stages, Kawasaki issued an order for Baz to cede his position to Sykes.

However, though Baz observed a similar order last time out in Magny-Cours, he would not do so on this occasion, clinging onto second place, much to the anger of Sykes, who would go on to lose the title to Guintoli.

Nonetheless, Baz was steadfast in his decision not to give up second place, saying he owed it to his mechanics to get the best result he personally could.

“I didn't think my mechanics deserved to finish third instead of second, they have been working hard for three years so it is for them,” he told the Eurosport TV feed.

The two Kawasaki riders have endured a famously fractious relationship in 2014 after Baz collected Sykes in an incident at Sepang, a collision that the Englishman says ultimately cost him the title

Having not spoken since then by Sykes's own admission, the Frenchman – who will race in MotoGP next season – levelled a thinly veiled parting shot at his team-mate, saying he only helps those that are nice to him.

“I saw the pit-board, but I am only nice with the people who are nice with me,” he said. “Things could have been different if things could have been different in the last three years.”

Baz later took to Facebook to reiterate his point, writing:

"About team orders. At least I've helped him once in my life, in Magny-Cours. Not sure he can say the same."

Though he didn't step on top of the podium in 2014, Baz's eighth podium of the season ensured him of fifth place in the overall standings. He will race with Forward-Yamaha in 2015.

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November 03, 2014 5:52 PM

With the form MM showed in the last races it's hard for me to believe that he performed at his best in these races. When he passed TS in the 1st race I was sure he could catch SG like he did in the other races... not sure what happened after. This is my biggest question mark in all this story. No doubt SG and TS did their best. But how much could have done LB and MM makes me question the whole fairness of the outcome. It felt at the end that TS was on his own while everybody else was on SG' side.

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